The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
A dazzling literary exploration by acclaimed poet and critic Michael Schmidt, The First Poets brings to life for the general reader the great Greek poets who gave our poetic tradition its first bearings and whose works have had an enduring influence on our literature and our imagination.
Starting with the legendary and possibly mythical Orpheus and with Homer, Schmidt conjures a host of our literary forebears. From Hipponax, “the dirty old man of poetry,” to Theocritus, the father of pastoral; from Sappho, who threw herself from a cliff for love, to Hesiod, who claimed a visit from the Muses–the stories in The First Poets masterfully merge fact and conjecture into animated and compelling portraits of these ancestors of our culture.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xieouyang - LibraryThing
This is a fairly comprehensive survey including most important ancient Greek poets. It includes fairly even biographies of each poet, with some selection of their verses; although one would want to ... Read full review
THE FIRST POETS: Lives of the Ancient Greek PoetsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A dense, spirited, deeply thoughtful prequel to English poet and editor Schmidt's Lives of the Poets (1999).Assuming that his audience is as devoted as he is to the importance of classical texts, the ... Read full review